Updated: Aug 25, 2019
Birmingham UFO Group Case Report Author: Dave Hodrien Release Date: 12/12/2010
At 1.34am on 30th November 2010, Sam Barns was in his bedroom, and looked out of the window. It was a very clear night with no clouds and the stars fully visible. To the North East he suddenly caught sight of a spherical orange coloured object with what looked like 12-13 small yellow and green lights near its centre.
He called his wife and children to also come and see the object. They watched as it moved in a zig-zag pattern across the sky. Sam estimates it was travelling between 100-200 mph. After about 45 seconds the object suddenly vanished.
Unfortunately Sam did not wish to be contacted back by BUFOG so we have no additional information on this sighting, we do not even know where it took place. Orange spheres of light seen after dark can usually be explained by Chinese lanterns. However I find the yellow and green lights that Sam mentions very interesting, usually lanterns appear just as a fiery amber colour.
Also the zig-zagging manoeuvres that it was performing sound unusual, usually lanterns tend to drift on a straight course if caught in an air current or slowly rise if not. However perhaps it was caught in different currents travelling in different directions. The sudden disappearance of the object could have been caused by it burning out.
Without more information it is hard to say exactly what the object was, but an unusual Chinese lantern of some kind is the most likely explanation.
Copyright Dave Hodrien 2010